This sections studies the changing foreign policy relations between Canada and Latin America.

Este equipo de investigación estudia los cambios en las relaciones de política exterior entre Canadá y América Latina.


Foreign Relations Policy Briefs and Working Papers

Informes de Politícas y Documentos de Trabajo sobre Relaciones Exteriores

by Pablo Heidrich, Catalina Prada and Laura Macdonald
The Pacific Alliance is an economic union between Mexico, Colombia, Peru, and Chile - all of which have coastlines on the Pacific Ocean- launched on June 6, 2012. Canada currently has observer status in the Alliance, but the Stephen Harper administration is considering joining it as a full member in the short term. This new initiative is meant to enable the member countries to act as a bloc on issues of trade and investment, especially with Asia, and to pursue other goals such as further liberalizing the movement of capital and labour, beyond the more usual one of freer trade in goods and services.

Laura Macdonald and Arne Ruckert | September 16, 2013

Canada’s relationship with Latin America since 1990 (when Canada joined the Organization of American States) has been characterized by a series of ups and downs, and can best be described as inconsistent and sporadic (Torres 2007). Periods of intense participation in hemispheric affairs have usually been followed by periods of withdrawal and disengagement, as seen in the aftermath of September 11th and during the Liberal government’s turn towards Africa, both resulting in the demotion of Latin America to the periphery of Canada’s diplomatic radar screen. As Jean Daudelin has aptly noted: “every 20 years or so, it seems, Canada rediscovers the Americas” (Daudelin 2007: 2).

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Nov 11 2016 Voces

The liberal values of free trade and multiculturalism might be in retreat in the United States after the election of Donald Trump, but they are alive and well in Canada. A year after taking office, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit Cuba and Argentina beginning on November 15, before attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Lima, Peru. This trip is an opportunity for Canada to increase its standing in Latin America, and for Trudeau to promote the principles and interests of his country –the world’s 10th largest economy– in the hemisphere.

A former diplomat, Colin Robertson is vice-president and fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.
The Trudeau Government should prioritize its strategic partnership with Mexico. The June visit of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to Quebec City, Toronto and Ottawa set a plan for closer collaboration. Both nations need to deliver on specific initiatives, especially those that emphasize our people-to-people ties.
October 10, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada
The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that he will travel to Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras from October 12 to 14, 2016.
While in Mexico, Minister Dion will attend the first Canada-Mexico High-Level Strategic Dialogue as part of Canada’s renewed partnership with Mexico. Minister Dion will also meet with Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs, to discuss how to strengthen the ties between the two countries.
By Stephen Baranyi*
Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau and his cabinet ministers’ statements following their election in October 2015 that “Canada is back” reflect a global strategy that is likely to give a boost to Canada-Latin America relations.  Canada never “left” the Americas during the decade of Conservative governments led by Prime Minister Harper, but the new administration is patching up its predecessors’ mixed record.  Building on the Americas Strategy launched in 2007, Ottawa signed new bilateral free trade agreements with Colombia, Peru and others; broadened its engagement in regional security affairs; and greatly increased its whole-of-government engagement in Haiti.  Canada played a major role at the Summit of the Americas in Panama (April 2015) and hosted the Pan American Games (July 2015).  Yet the revelation of Canada’s espionage in Brazil, visa restrictions on Mexicans, the poor reputation of some Canadian mining firms in the region, and its inability to reach a trade agreement with the Caribbean Community fed a growing desencanto in Canada’s relations with the region.
PUBLISHED : Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 12:05 PM
On August 24 2016, after nearly four years of negotiations in Havana, Cuba, the Colombian government and the left-wing Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) formally announced they had reached a peace agreement, the content of which would to be submitted to popular vote through a plebiscite scheduled for October 2. Provided the peace deal is endorsed in the ballot box, members of the FARC would be expected to start demobilizing before the end of the year.
On Monday, Sept. 26, Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion will travel to Cartagena to witness the historical signing of the peace deal. 
Kathy Price
It was an arresting image: two smiling heads of state jogging together across an Ottawa bridge in shorts and t-shirts.
Justin Trudeau’s much-photographed run with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto during Nieto’s state visit to Canada in June was meant to convey an important message. Canada has a close friendship with Mexico, the PM has said on several occasions, describing it as a partnership based on shared values and cemented through new agreements for collaboration, not to mention growing trade and investment.

By John M. Kirk*

After a decade of ignoring Cuba under the government led by Stephen Harper, Canada is on the cusp of an era of a significant improvement in bilateral relations with the island.  Many constants supporting this longstanding relationship remain: Canada, along with Mexico, was the only country in the Western Hemisphere not to break relations with revolutionary Cuba in 1962; Pierre Trudeau was the first leader of a NATO country to visit Cuba (1976) and developed a strong friendship with Fidel Castro (who was an honorary pall-bearer at his funeral); Canadians make up the largest tourist group (1.3 million a year) there; and the largest single foreign investor in Cuba is the Canadian firm Sherritt International.

OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Jul. 04, 2016 7:35PM EDT
Last updated Monday, Jul. 04, 2016 8:39PM EDT
Canada is committing nearly $60-million to help support the implementation of Colombia’s peace process after the government and the country’s largest rebel group recently agreed to a historic ceasefire to end one of the world’s longest-running wars.
Although International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says Canada supports the peace process between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC, she sidestepped endorsing the guerrilla group’s eventual formation of a political party. As a part of the final deal, FARC will demobilize and form a left-wing political party after the peace process is complete
Paulo Carreno King, Mexico's undersecretary for North America, said he has held talks with senior Canadian officials about involving Canada in peacekeeping operations in Latin America under the UN mandate
APRIL 24, 2015 BY CCA ADMIN, Pacific Alliance whitepaper, Barbara Kotschwar, Research Fellow – Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, DC
What does the Pacific Alliance mean for Canadian Trade and Investment?
Spanish news on the launch of CCA Perspective Paper on the Pacific Alliance, click here for the article on Notimex
Americas Business Dialogue August Newsletter focused on the Pacific Alliance highlights the CCA Perspective Paper on the Pacific Alliance to view the newsletter click here
Download the paper: CCA_Perspective Paper_Pacific Alliance 2015
Ms. Kotschwar’s research focuses on trade, investment and regional integration. She was previously Chief of the Foreign Trade Information Systems at the Organization of American States and Senior Trade Specialist during the FTAA negotiations. Barbara has advised Latin American and Caribbean governments on trade-related issues.